Parents' Guide to

Ice Age: Continental Drift

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Prehistoric pals hit the seas for an exciting adventure.

Movie PG 2012 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 4+

Poor content

Same ol slapstick and crude depiction of characters
age 10+

stopped watching due to extreme sexism

I started watching with my 5 year old and had to turn it off because too sexual, sexist and violent. The first 20 minutes of the show consisted of the central parental characters repeatedly saying that girls must be kept away from boys and a lot of very mature innuendo about sex and drugs. The plot seems to surround a teen girl wanting to go see a "hot boy" (her words) and her parents needing to stop her. Also in the first 20 minutes there is and animal threatening to eat another animal and another character is abandoned by his parents.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (49 ):

This isn't the most inspired film in the series, but these characters are like comfort food -- pleasingly familiar. The original threesome is now middle-aged, and with their age come new problems, particularly for overprotective father Manny. The new setting (at sea) doesn't leave room for much breathtaking animation, but the action sequences are pretty spectacular in 3-D, even if the story is a little flimsy. At least Scrat gets more screen time than ever (and if there's an animated creature bound to tickle every single member of the audience's funny bone, it's the Sisyphean Scrat).

Ice Age: Continental Drift's new characters/storylines are both hit and miss -- things fall flat with the teens (Louis and Peaches are cute, but the young mammoth clique featuring the voices of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Glee star Heather Morris is just an annoying attempt to capture the tween audience), but the addition of Granny is rather genius. The addled but hilarious sloth grandma is by far the breakout new character, and her silly comments and constant muttering will win kids over and make even jaded parents laugh aloud. Girls will also be taken with the low-key love story that develops between Diego and Shira (Jennifer Lopez), a pirate tigress who needs a lesson in the meaning of camaraderie. While it's not the best animated adventure you'll see, Ice Age 4 is sure to please the kids.

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